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#175644 - Sun Jun 01 2003 11:44 PM 'Fess Up: Music You Secretly Like!
magpie8 Offline
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We all have our own distinct musical tastes, and select CDs to fit the genres we deem aesthetically suitable. But, be honest, somewhere in your collection is a treasured song or album that you wouldn't own up to on first date--or maybe even with your spouse of 25 years.

What embarrassing music do you secretly love? As cool as I'd like to think my musical tastes are, I know all the words to the soundtrack of 'Godspell', I bought that Suzanne Vega album with 'My Name is Luka' on it, I love Culture Club's 'Church of the Poison Mind', and I even have a well-worn tape by Joe Dassin, a very cheesy Parisian chanteur of the seventies (lots of 'la la la' backing vocals and accordion). That last one causes my husband to run screaming from the room. Meanwhile, he has an old Hall and Oates record that he swears belonged to an ex-girlfriend, but I know he grooves to 'Private Eyes' and 'I Can't Go For That' when I'm not around. He certainly hasn't thrown it away in seven years.

I have it on good authority that at least one of our members has a secret passion for ABBA. What's in your CD collection, lurking on a hidden shelf or in a fake cover? Did you love Milli Vanilli or Air Supply? Couldn't get enough of Kris Kross (or Christopher Cross, for that matter)? Are Lawrence Welk's polka tunes on your turntable? Please answer! I don't want to be alone in my musical geekdom.


Edited by magpie8 (Mon Jun 02 2003 02:06 PM)
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#175645 - Mon Jun 02 2003 12:20 AM Re: 'Fess Up: Music You Secretly Like!
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My admission would be that I own A 'Sparks' LP. They turned out some unusual music in the 70's. I still play it when I take the trouble to wire the turntable into the hi-fi system. They were visually unusual too. Ron Mael's facial expression especially.
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#175646 - Mon Jun 02 2003 01:09 AM Re: 'Fess Up: Music You Secretly Like!
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The one record I own that cannot be played when guests are over is Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables by the Dead Kennedys.I still like it but no-one else i know does.
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#175647 - Mon Jun 02 2003 01:21 AM Re: 'Fess Up: Music You Secretly Like!
magpie8 Offline
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The one record I own that cannot be played when guests are over is Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables by the Dead Kennedys




'Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables' is one of my all-time most-loved albums! I know every single word of Jello's lyrics, sadly. I guess it goes to show that one person's embarrassing music is another's favourite.
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#175648 - Mon Jun 02 2003 08:59 AM Re: 'Fess Up: Music You Secretly Like!
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#175649 - Mon Jun 02 2003 09:20 AM Re: 'Fess Up: Music You Secretly Like!
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I will bare my darkest secret- I like Doris Day songs!
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#175650 - Mon Jun 02 2003 10:07 AM Re: 'Fess Up: Music You Secretly Like!
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I will bare my darkest secret- I like Doris Day songs!



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#175651 - Mon Jun 02 2003 10:25 AM Re: 'Fess Up: Music You Secretly Like!
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I'm truthful. I tell everybody the music that I listen to, and if you want every single artist, just ask, and I'll answer truthfully.

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#175652 - Mon Jun 02 2003 11:43 AM Re: 'Fess Up: Music You Secretly Like!
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I've admitted to this one before, so I'm not too shy about it. I secretly love Neil Diamond. I'm also a huge hair metal fan.
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#175653 - Mon Jun 02 2003 01:55 PM Re: 'Fess Up: Music You Secretly Like!
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I was searching through my dad's mountan of old tapes (looking for a Louis Armstrong one that I'm positive I've lost forever) and I found Hall And Oates and...Milli Vanilli...
*shakes head* NOT MY DAD!! NOOO!!! But there is a twist in this story. I asked him about it(OK,I was making fun of him) and he swears that it belongs to my sister and me.........I was four,OK?! I didn't know they weren't singing.
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#175654 - Mon Jun 02 2003 02:41 PM Re: 'Fess Up: Music You Secretly Like!
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I can hide it no more. I am one of the members with a (not-so-secret) passion for Abba. I know their lyrics were kind of dumb. I never really cared. Some of those songs had amazing hooks and were fairly musically sophisticated... lots of stuff in minor keys, good chord changes, etc. (Plus the blonde was hot, even if her teeth were kind of bad.) I actually remember where I was when I first heard "SOS", which was quite a shocker for its time; in the mid-70's, you rarely heard rock songs with intros that were quite nearly classical! My wife recently bought the "best of" CD and we played it over and over when we drove about nine million miles across Route 80 with the kiddies en route to a (short) vacation. I call ABBA "Ear Prozac". Great music to drive to.

Perhaps even more embarrassingly, I once CRIED AT A BRYAN ADAMS SONG!!! And a really maudlin one too, this being "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" Peculiarly, this occurred while I was driving on the NY State Thruway past Kingston, NY, and Adams is from Kingston, Ontario. (Alright, I'm a dull OLD GUY).

Attended some Elton John concerts in the early 70's, still love some folkies like the Kingston Trio. I adore Charlie Daniels. I've got just about every Eagles tape and most of Don Henley's.

I OWN A TOTO ALBUM. AAAAARRRGGHHHH!!!

I really do like Paul Simon and thought Graceland was one of the two best albums of the 80's, an opinion for which I have been pilloried on this site and others. His follow-up, "Rhythm of the Saints", was, I will concede, awful save for one cut. .

I also loved the Doobie Bros. and still think "Minute By Minute" is an excellent album. Perhaps the most offensive, though, is the Rod Stewart "Blondes Have More Fun" (disco) album, for which he was massively criticized and derided as a sellout. I thought and still think this was quite a good album.
Ditto most of the Donna Summer stuff she turned out in the 70's and early 80's.

And note that while I HATE HATE HATE most show tunes and such, I have a very soft spot for "Gigi", especially the great Cheavlier singing "Thank Heaven For Little Girls" and the famous duet "I Remember It Well" with Hermione Gingold. That lame enough for you?

Alright, I'm braced. Read me out of the fora. I've spoken my piece. Anathematize away.




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#175655 - Mon Jun 02 2003 05:52 PM Re: 'Fess Up: Music You Secretly Like!
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I like Neil Diamond's music up until the time he does that duet with Barbra Streisand.

Did I see Sparks mentioned here? Love their most early stuff.

I love early '70s bubblegum- "My Baby Loves Lovin' ", "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)", "Sweet City Woman",
"One Fine Morning", "Precious and Few", "Brandy (You're A
Fine Girl)", plus all those cheesy songs from Gilbert O'Sullivan, Tony Orlando & Dawn and Helen Reddy.

I like disco now but hated it way back when. I never thought I'd ever be the proud owner of KC & the Sunshine Band's greatest hits cd.

I like Mandy Moore simply for her voice. If only she got her vocal cords on some decent songs! I know there are other singers who waste their great singing talents on cheesy songs or tunes that just don't seem to fit them...but that's another thread.





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#175656 - Mon Jun 02 2003 09:07 PM Re: 'Fess Up: Music You Secretly Like!
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I'm not sure if these are embarrassing. . .

I'm a sucker for '80s ballads (Lionel Ritchie's the man).

Although I can't remember one song, once upon a time I loved Kid-n-Play.

I still think old time M.C. Hammer and Bobby Brown are wicked.

I can't always tell what he is saying, but I still like old school Michael Jacko as well.

I can still sing Lisa Loeb's Stay although I haven't heard that song play on a radio for I don't know how long.

I love songs from plays.

I have gotten into debates over whether Lil' Romeo is better than Lil' Bowwow.

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#175657 - Tue Jun 03 2003 03:52 AM Re: 'Fess Up: Music You Secretly Like!
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Thanks Magpie I suspected I wasn`t the only DK,s fan left on this planet.
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#175658 - Tue Jun 03 2003 07:28 AM Re: 'Fess Up: Music You Secretly Like!
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Lanni,

You aren't alone, I love sappy 80's ballads. Chicago, Bryan Adams, Lionel Richie etc... I love power ballads too. I wanted my wedding song to be "Sister Christian" by Night Ranger, but my husband nixed that one.
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#175659 - Tue Jun 03 2003 07:40 AM Re: 'Fess Up: Music You Secretly Like!
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The reason I'm here helping out, is that..I might have tendencies or preferences towards one sort of music or another, but I know songs from all sorts of eras, and all sorts of places..Eastern Western Southern and Northern...
and the funny thing is that I'm not ashamed of anything I own, nor play nor listen to..

The other day I had the proof, I was playing for a lady's centennary birthday..quite an honour..and I was searching in my mind for things to keep it up for an hour..found myself playing "It's a long way to Tipperary" which brought down the rest home crowd and they all began singing along!
I then played some Italian folk tunes...some Irish folk tunes, then, I played, "Comme d'habitude" or "I did it my way"...as the original is the French version apparently.
I thought to myself, I probably scorned stuff like that as a kid..yet, never know when your eclectic musical tastes come in handy! How would I have guessed that playing "Tea for Two" would make a roomful of seniors start singing, in English, in a French rest home?

I don't blush about my love for the Carpenters, nor am I shy about my penchant for Creedence Clearwater Revival..nor the fact I can sing with Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers with the best of them..nor folksongs..nor gospel..

I truly appreciate Dion's voice on some songs, then get weary of it on others..."Pour Que tu M'aimes" has to be one of the most interesting love songs I've heard...
I listen to Shakira, Britney, even...the dreaded....Avril Lavigne..and folks, it's like Green Eggs and Ham really, when that girl sings gospel or country style, she's really not half bad!
I would be ashamed to have something like Richard Clayderman...that would be a bit much..though you must admit he looks a bit like Tom Petty..and I still find the guy attractive, so there!

One other person I've defended here, with a passion, is Bocelli...as some opera folks say he's not true enough..I may not know much about opera, I admit..but I know a voice I love when I hear it.
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#175660 - Tue Jun 03 2003 08:17 AM Re: 'Fess Up: Music You Secretly Like!
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I hate to admit this, but... I actually like some of Britney's music. Only the old stuff though, from before she became really really slutty. "Baby, One More Time" was practically our class anthem my last year in highschool. I also like two songs by Christina, one song by Avril, one song by Celine and everything I've heard by Shakira. But the worst part is... I like Westlife. Not just one song, all the songs. I don't know why, it's not like the songs are particularly clever or well composed or the voices are particularly wonderful, but for some reason I've loved every song I've heard of theirs, with the exception of their awful rendition of Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl" and their most unfortunate collaboration with Mariah Carrey (everything concerning Mariah is unfortunate).
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#175661 - Tue Jun 03 2003 08:31 AM Re: 'Fess Up: Music You Secretly Like!
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Avril is okay, I really don't like Christina. Celine is fine, and so is Shakira. You are right . . . anything and everything concerning Mariah is very unfortunate.

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#175662 - Tue Jun 03 2003 10:02 AM Re: 'Fess Up: Music You Secretly Like!
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You know, many times I find that the stage persona these people are forced to adapt doesn't suit them terribly...this is the case of Mariah, as I assure you..she really does have an interesting voice..even Avril, I'd have never thought I'd say it..I found her obnoxious up until about a week ago and I heard the acoustic versions and gospel type things..I realized she's been moulded into the snooty personality that preteens love to emulate..therefore, her real voice has much more soul to it than that!
Alanniis MOrrisette? I'm still waiting to try it sam I am..I still do not like it.

Mariah by the way has one of the largest ranges...really does..I'm thinking that her physique..be it real or not.
I know I once defended her chipmunk nose here..as so many teens really really liked her, including one dear to my heart.

Now, JLo, kind of fun...I mean, I can see why she's doing well..besides her well publicized posterior.
She's got a fun personality on screen and her voice..not the best in the world.

Shakira's stage persona..is just sensual..no wonder she's a big draw..it's not put on either..and her voice varies so much..for me, the multilingual thing is fascinating..the Spanish, Arabic and now English.

I bet that Disco would be embarrassing.."that's the way uh huh uh huh I like it." Yes, but I don't have anythign around here nor did I ever.

I forgot bluegrass, LindaC007 is one of our specialists..I think we have a few more here too...well, I love it..I really do..
I've got bluegrass or jugband type stuff in my collection...guilt free!
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#175663 - Tue Jun 03 2003 07:46 PM Re: 'Fess Up: Music You Secretly Like!
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Got to admit that I love Mariah Carey's early cd's and those top 40 pop ballads. Never understood why she ruined it all
by embracing hip-hop.

But I can't be too critical of her- I've heard some bad career moves before- Neil Young's electronic mesh, "Trans".

I liked the lounge & swing revival of the last decade. It was fun
hearing ex-punk rockers jump, jive and wail. I was amazed so
many ex-punk rockers were still alive!

I love the Carpenters. I really loved that alternative rock tribute
to the Carpenters in the mid-'90s. Sonic Youth singing
"Superstar"... amazing!

Though I don't care for country, I do like the recent Johnny Cash records produced by Rick Rubins. The Man In Black sounds downright spooky singing songs by Danzig and Nick Cave.

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#175664 - Sat Jun 07 2003 03:32 PM Re: 'Fess Up: Music You Secretly Like!
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Brass or Military (Marching) Bands, English or American Folk Music, Some Classical, Opera, Operetta and Some TUNEFUL pop (refer to the 60's for that!).
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#175665 - Sat Jun 07 2003 07:54 PM Re: 'Fess Up: Music You Secretly Like!
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I love music that stirs an emotion. Any style or instrument is fine with me. This music is deemed ‘quite daggy’ in the circles I spin in, so I tend to listen to it in privacy where I can appreciate it.

A few examples are 'Con Ti Partiro' simply magnificent, wells up the eyes every time and I have no idea what's being sung about. Also there's a couple of John Williams (the guitarist) tracks that also have the same effect ‘The Mission’ & ‘Cavatina’ in particular.

I’ll share Coolups part time ABBA fetish. Timeless stuff. Come on ABBA fans, get out of the closet! There’s two unlikely ‘fesses’

I don’t get into country music but a lot of Jimmy Buffet appeals to me as does the odd Glenn Cambell, songs like ‘Witchita Linesman.’ Some Jim Croce anyone?

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#175666 - Sun Jun 08 2003 09:40 AM Re: 'Fess Up: Music You Secretly Like!
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C'mon, Doris had a great voice. Her early work from the 40s is terrific. Her Christmas album is one of the best. The soundtrack from Love Me or Leave Me is tremendous. Like many pop stars, she suffered from some regrettable music [not unlike Jackie Wilson], but there is no denying that she had a great voice.

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#175667 - Sun Jun 08 2003 09:46 AM Re: 'Fess Up: Music You Secretly Like!
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I've always suspected that Bertho and Coolupway were closet Abba fans. Me too!
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#175668 - Mon Jun 09 2003 11:56 PM Re: 'Fess Up: Music You Secretly Like!
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I don't actually know if I can embarrass myself any further here..

I love the Monkees
And Roy Orbison
I know an extraordinary amount of country an western (old school).
ABBA? Oh yeah, I saw the ABBA musical...with my little brother, who is an ABBA freak...

I don't know if there's anything I'm ashamed to admitting...I'm a maverick, and refuse to accept the rules that you all choose to live by...
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